Made out of 1,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglass and steel, the Watertower, designed by Tom Fruin opens today in Brooklyn. The plexiglass pieces were scavenged from all around New York City, with pieces taken from old sign shops to various warehouses.
Starting today, the Watertower will be filled with daily light shows in the evening and will continue until the morning. The installation will also feature "Arduino-controlled" light sequences, an open source wiring system, put together by Ryan Holsopple.
This is Fruin's fourth architectural plexiglass and steel project that features recycled mediums. According to his website, the structures pay tribute "to architectural icons around the world, from the obelisk of Buenos Aires, to the kolonihavehuse of Copenhagen." His newest piece, Watertower, reflects the classic New York water tower while still representing the vibrant nature of Brooklyn.
The Watertower is located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, at 20 Jay Street and will be on display until June 2013. Tthe installation can also be seen from FDR Drive and from both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.
Go HERE for more information about Fruin's new project!
Tuesday, May 21
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.